Harland Day knows what it’s like to be on rock bottom: he was there once before, years ago when his mother walked out and left him behind. But he learned how to play the game and survived, crawling his way up with the help of a friend-turned-lover. This time is different: he has nobody to blame but himself for his trip to the bottom. His mouth, his attitude, his crappy play that landed him back in the minors instead of playing pro hockey with the Baltimore Banners. And this time, he doesn’t have anyone to help him out, not when his own selfishness killed the most important relationship he ever had.
Courtney Williams’ life isn’t glamorous or full of fame and fortune but she doesn’t need those things to be happy. She of all people knows there are more important things in life. And, for the most part, she’s been able to forget what could have been–until Harland gets reassigned to the York Bombers and shows back up in town, full of attitude designed to hide the man underneath. But the arrogant hockey player can’t hide from her, the one person who knows him better than anyone else. They had been friends. They had been lovers. And then they had been torn apart by misunderstanding and betrayal.
But some ties are hard to break. Can they look past what had been and move forward to what could be? Or will the sins of the past haunt them even now, all these years later?
I generously received this ARC from Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review…
Playing the Game is the first book in Lisa B. Kamps brand-new York Bombers series releasing February 14! This my first book from this author and I can’t even begin to describe how much I truly adored Harland and Courtney’s epic love story.
Harland Day has officially hit rock bottom… Being downgraded to the York Bombers was a hard hit for him, but he has to be willing to fight in order to back to where he was before. Courtney Williams’ has never had fame or fortune. The only thing she ever really wanted was Harland, and she had him – until she didn’t. Years ago after discovering that she was pregnant he immediately denied that it was his and the two part ways. After parting ways neither of them ever expected to see each other again until he’s back home.
Since I don’t want to give away the surprise in this story this is all I am going to say about the plot, but I will say that you are going to LOVE this beautifully written book! I loved this book so much that I am already “stalking” Lisa B. Kamps page for news on the next release in the York Bombers series! ❤
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About Lisa B. Kamps
Lisa B. Kamps is the author of the best-selling series The Baltimore Banners, featuring “hard-hitting, heart-melting hockey players” (USA Today), on and off the ice. Her firefighter series, Firehouse Fourteen, features hot and heroic firefighters who put more than their lives on the line. Her newest hockey series, The York Bombers, launches with PLAYING THE GAME in February, 2017.
In a previous life, she worked as a firefighter with the Baltimore County Fire Department then did a very brief (and not very successful) stint at bartending in east Baltimore, and finally served as the Director of Retail Operations for a busy Civil War non-profit.
Lisa currently lives in Maryland with her husband and two sons (who are mostly sorta-kinda out of the house), one very spoiled Border Collie, two cats with major attitude, several head of cattle, and entirely too many chickens to count. When she’s not busy writing or chasing animals, she’s cheering loudly for her favorite hockey team, the Washington Capitals–or going through withdrawal and waiting for October to roll back around!